2016-09-16 / Community

Community News

Chamber plans Home Improvement Mile

In partnership with Route 1 south businesses, along with the town of Kennebunk, the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce has been working on a marketing campaign to establish the Home Improvement Mile as a regional destination for residential and commercial home improvement.

The chamber will soon release an official brochure along with a marketing plan, and will officially kick off its marketing efforts with a ribbon cutting (details to be announced) and open houses on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24.

All 22 Home Improvement Mile businesses have been asked to open their doors during their regular business hours on that Friday and Saturday to be part of the effort. Chamber volunteers will distribute custom yellow balloons for everyone to tie outside their building, and businesses are invited to offer special food, drink, music and give-aways at their discretion.

For information, call the chamber at 967- 0857 or email events@gokennebunkscom.

Vets Day 5K benefits Honor Flight Maine

Wells Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual Veterans Day 5K Run/ Walk on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Wells Elks Lodge, 356 Bald Hill Road. The first 150 to register will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Elks Lodge after the race. Proceeds benefit Honor Flight Maine.

Prizes will be awarded for overall male and female winners and male/female age group winners. To register, visit www.runsignup.com/race/ME/Wells/VD5k.

For more information, call 646-2451 or visit www.wellschamber.corg.

York officer to discuss hardships in memoir

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m., York Police Officer Jamie Rooney will talk about her first book, a memoir, at Kennebunk Free Library.

“Black to Blue” is the story of a little girl forced to grow up surrounded by extreme substance abuse, physical abuse and poverty.

“I grew up in the roach infested projects of Great Brook Valley in Worcester Massachusetts,” Rooney said. “I bought drugs for my mother. I survived severe poverty because I was able to adapt to find resolutions to problems. When we didn’t have food, I found some. When we didn’t have clothes or shoes, I stole them.”

Her journey led her to a career in law enforcement, dedicating her life to helping those less fortunate. She has been committed to working as an officer for over 16 years and works with children and teens in her community creating programs to help those less fortunate. Her life’s mission is to encourage and support young people struggling with difficult situations. She is committed to showing youth no matter how difficult their circumstances may be they can do anything with their life.

The program is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985- 2173.

Library will host Wells author for discussion

Karen Maffeo Creamer of Wells has just published her first novel, “One Brave Thing.” She will discuss her novel at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 at Kennebunk Free Library.

Her book is about a young woman whose dating life starts off on the wrong foot. Bad luck and naïve choices complicate situations and make her relationships so much harder. Bebe wants to get married someday so she forges ahead, adapting her approach, learning from her mistakes, and overcoming obstacles to reach her goals.

Since 2010, Karen has written a novel annually in November as part of National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org). “One Brave Thing” is a product of this practice.

Irish music trio Fodhla kicks off season of Concerts in West K!

The fall season of Concerts in West K! gets underway with a return appearance by the popular Irish music trio, Fodhla. Comprised of flutist Nicole Rabata, fiddler Ellery Klein and guitarist Bethany Waickman, Fodhla (Foh–la) previously performed in the West Kennebunk series in March,2015. The concert takes place at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18 at the West Kennebunk United Methodist Church.

After 15 years of performing together and recording on each other’s solo albums, Rabata and Klein decided that forming a group was overdue. With the addition of Waickman on guitar, the trio forges a sound rooted in traditional Irish music, with influences from their experience playing a wide range of musical styles.

Fódhla have appeared at festivals such as Portland’s Saltwater Festival, the Maine Celtic Celebration, and the Boston Celtic Music Festival. Their debut recording, “Notes from Millpond,” was released in December 2015 to a sold-out show at Acoustic Artisans in Portland.

West Kennebunk United Methodist Church is located at 160 Alfred Road in West Kennebunk.

Admission to the concert is by donation at the door. For more information, call Paul Wells at 985-2831.

Arundel’s fourth annual Heritage Day is Saturday

The fourth annual Arundel Heritage Day will be celebrated in Arundel on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Chapel Common site at the corner of Route 111 (Alfred Road) and Limerick Road.

There will be exhibits and events from past Heritage Days such as crafts, spinning wool, quill pen writing, wagon rides in the fields, working old engine demos, agricultural displays ,as well as petting animals for the kids, food, music, local vendors, canning info, and much more. New this year will be a Wellness Tent and due to the popularity of the bean hole beans cooked up by the Boy Scouts last year, there will be a bean supper starting at 4 p.m. There will be a pie-baking contest this year.

Also returning will be the Reminisce Tent which has historical displays and artifacts from Arundel’s past. This tent has proven to be a gathering place for friends and neighbors to catch up with each other. Other than a donation for the bean supper, the family event is free and open to the general public and parking will be available.

For more information, call 283-9699. neighbors to catch up with each other. Other than a donation for the bean supper, the family event is free and open to the general public and parking will be available.

For more information, call 283-9699. neighbors to catch up with each other. Other than a donation for the bean supper, the family event is free and open to the general public and parking will be available.

For more information, call 283-9699.

Museum announces Third Thursday Talks

The Brick Store Museum announced its final two Third Thursday Talks for 2016. On Thursday, Sept. 15, Portland food writer and historian Kate McCarty will present Distilled in Maine, a lecture detailing temperance and alcohol in Maine’s history.

For those older than 21, the presentation will include a gin tasting provided by local distillery Round Turn Distilling. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The final Third Thursday Talk of 2016 will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Professor Patrick Rael of Bowdoin College will speak on his latest book, “88 Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865,” which focuses on the slow process of the American struggle against slavery, starting with Vermont writing slavery out of its state constitution in 1777 and ending with the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery nationwide in 1865.

The Brick Store Museum’s Third Thursday Talks brings a new topic to the community every third Thursday of each month, and are supported by the Maine Humanities Council, with additional support from the Captain Lord Mansion.

Founded in 2015, the program offers lecturers from throughout New England that will speak on a variety of subjects in the Brick Store Museum’s Program Center.

Admission for museum members is free. Every lecture starts at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments served.

Tickets may be purchased on the Brick Store Museum’s website, www.brickstoremuseum.org/programs, or at the door.

Allen joins RE/MAX Realty One

RE/MAX Realty One announced that Realtor Michelle Allen has joined the growing real estate franchise. Michelle brings to the office a marketing background and knowledge of southern Maine.

“I’m excited to be part of the RE/MAX Realty One team in Kennebunk and start serving the area’s buyers and sellers,” Allen said. “The real estate season is upon us and new trends are beginning to form – The Kennebunks and Arundel are in high demand and homes are selling quickly. I’m here to help guide sellers and buyers through this process.”

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